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Project management is a professional field involving managing the scope, changes, schedule, and completion of a temporary endeavor that has a clear end. This is a professional field with it's own certifications and professional educational programs. If your question relates to the workplace, ask it here; otherwise, if the question is solely about project management, consider asking it on our sister site Project Management Stack Exchange instead.

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Contract with specific end date but states obligation to prepare a publication

I am working as a paid intern on a project and my contract states it ends at the end at the end of the month. It also states it is my duty to prepare a publication. I am struggling with the topic I am ...
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Is it okay to leave job without notice if the contract ends?

I am working on a project and my contract only lasts for a few more weeks and so it is unlikely to be finished by that point. Working from home has been really tough for me and I’m not enjoying it. I ...
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Budget responsibility in IT and cloud [closed]

At least in Germany, for years I have observed that "IT budget responsibility" has been an element for more senior people/management(-like) positions. Now within a cloud, every user can see ...
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Is stakeholder management listed or inferred?

I have worked multiple times in technical projects that I was responsible for the successful synchronisation of all parties and update on progress. Basically I managed all the stakeholders. My ...
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How to provide help to Technical Product Manager with regards to filtering incoming requirements

TLDR: Working in Switzerland, in a company writing software with long time support and continuous improvement (support more than ten years). How can you provide all the necessary tools to the (...
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Our designer refuses to work because of job official title [closed]

Our game contains comics to tell part of the story, and our comic designer says that he is not responsible for designing the characters inside the comics because it is the job of the character ...
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When the PM asks about a task they know you are not working on

This question was migrated from Software Engineering SE. Software project, small team (<5 people). Line of business Web application, mostly maintenance work. JIRA for the issue tracker. A developer ...
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I feel like I'm thinking alone on a team-based project, while other members just follows what I said without any input. What should I do?

I feel like the team members that I work with seems to be just nodding automatically to what I say. Yes, I'm assigned as the project leader, but I don't expect that all my suggestion to be followed ...
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How do I enforce process without support from management or peers?

How do I say yes to "Do I really have to file a ticket ?" without support from management or even QA team ? I'm a team lead for a software development team. I have a product manager that ...
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What to do on a team where most people are focused on covering their ass?

For example, the product owner badly misunderstood something and the senior developer didnt try and correct the misunderstanding but just repeated what he said and wrote it down. We seem to have a ...
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How can I avoid being blamed for project management failure when I am merely a senior programmer?

I am a tech lead on a project with a Project Manager (PM) and a developer team. The leadership frequently stresses that I'm responsible for the project success. I am discovering that I have to ...
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How do you handle colleagues who constantly give you resistance?

I work as a full stack developer in a team of 7 developers. I like to receive the constructive criticism as well as give it when needed. I love to review PRs and strive to maintain high coding ...
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How to deal with client on requirement?

I am software developer and the client gave me some requirement. So, the topic is I know that the requirement which is given by client will take too long to implement/finish and it will cost more ...
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Transitioning from a semi-autonomous role to a heavily managed role

I've been working as a data scientist/analyst at my current company for close to four years now. My former manager (call him Dinesh) left at the end of last year and since then, his manager (call him ...
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Am I overreacting to a new rule where I have to check-in my status every morning?

Three months ago I started a role at a new company as a software engineer. Within two months, I helped onboard the team to a lot of contemporary best practices. They didn't do proper source control, ...
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Should I just let go if somebody is failing at small things?

I have a person in my project team who's unreliable. He says he will do something by Friday, then when I ask him about it on Friday, I hear: "Sorry, didn't have time". We've had many ...
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IT Quality Check Responsibilty

We have an IT department that deploys code and applications for the finance department such as automatically updating inventory in a website from our erp system. We usually find that the code deployed ...
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As a PM how to get proper communication from team members?

I started work in a new company three months ago as a Jr PM and after a month of shadowing/training I got my first project assigned. I'm leading a team of six people. Overall everything is fine except ...
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How can I ask my boss to stop overcomplicating everything?

I enjoy my job, but my boss makes everything more complicated than it needs to be. Whether it's policy, planning, implementation or improvements, he tries to "outsmart" simple things and ...
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How to get better in project estimations and planning

I am database specialist. I've recently been assigned to product management and project management activities for a project (related to database ) only because I am good in database skills. I don’t ...
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Developing in an academic institute [closed]

We are currently an academic institute of around 50 people. The institute does typical industry research, batteries, metals, magnets, etc. Recently, they began more and more relying on algorithmic ...
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How to manage an army of not-really-devs trying to write code for the sake of project management?

We recently adopted a new management methodology that says there are no roles on the team (a "cross-functional" team where "all team members are developers") and everyone should we ...
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How do I Help a Team Member Recognize the Relative Importance of Their Project

I find myself in the curious case of trying to partially de-motivate someone, some background: I am the team lead of a ~30 person team ranging from interns and new college grads to senior folks with ...
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What does it mean if I am non billable on my project yet a useful resource. Will they fire me?

I work as a non billable member in my company. But I complete my tasks assigned to me on time for my project. Is there a chance that in future my company will fire me just because I am non billable?
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Upper management assigned me to a project and is now ignoring all my communication regarding this project

Some time ago, I was assigned by upper management to work on a project with a client of our company. As the project progressed, the client became upset that our company hadn't assigned anyone else to ...
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Is this kind of testing appropriate?

We are developing voice assistants and when I asked the test engineers how they would test our new features, and I learned that they would build a so-called VIP priority test set(along with several ...
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I contracted out some work and they are billing me for internal communication

I have a LLC that builds web applications for clients. We received a big contract lately and needed more help, so we partnered with another LLC. We are all located in the USA for context. Their work ...
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Is the UML graph a good way of showing your ideas/ write documents of your project? [closed]

I am trying to lead a team of developers to convert my ideas as a CEO to real products. As my company is a small startup with low budge, and I am also a mediocre developer, I decided to learn system ...
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Company's political cruft is preventing me from exercising my expertise in new position. Unable to work at my level

Somewhat Related to: Work given is not in my area of interest, how to approach my manager? Been asked to work significantly "below" my level for a sustained period -- can I ask company for ...
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Co-worker copying my messages and privately send them to clients as his own

I am a software developer, and my new co-worker is privately asking me questions and then sending them in private group chats to our client. This is my first job and I wasn't sure whether this is ...
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How to get motivated to work on tasks that doesn't help you improve

To me there are two aspects of any task assigned to a developer in a software project. These are not exclusive so a task can be (for example) 40% aspect 1 and 60% aspect 2: Task requires you to learn ...
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Should I become a senior programmer before I can become a software architect/lead-tech/CTO of a tech company? [closed]

I am a graduated CS, mid-level developer with few self project experiences in Angular/Android-Java/SQlite/JavaScript Node.JS/MongoDB/C#/Python/C++ embedded-linux systems- OpenCV, etc. I have a vast ...
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Who should answer developers questions and help them solving their problems or choosing proper libraries?

Is there any position in software development companies who answers the questions of the programmers like: "Oh I get this error! I searched for that error and couldn't find the solution. May you ...
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How can I ask for a quote breakdown - when agency refuses?

I work for a company that outsource some of our work to an agency. This agency specialize in branding & design, but also sub-contract other work out to designers, developers, etc. I am new in my ...
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Are agile processes taking too much time in a sprint?

The agile processes are focused on increasing velocity but at the same time seem to require lengthy meetings. Assuming a 2 week sprint, if I understand correctly, at the very minimum there must be: a) ...
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How to politely state that a software requirement is infeasible? [duplicate]

I work as a software engineer for a small software company. One of the things I've observed is that a lot of the system requirements that come my way are based on the whims of the boss and never ...
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How to answer your boss's question about your impression on the progress of a project that you took part in as a newcomer appropriately?

I work in academia in Germany. After a group meeting of 5 about a project that I took part in, my professor asked me how do I think about the project progress. I had the impression that we might not ...
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Consulting Engineer [closed]

I don't understand the role of a consulting engineer. Is it a good idea to be a consulting engineer? Will I get chance to work close to the projects or I will be working on sidelines?
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Should I continue giving a teammate tasks I know won’t be completed?

So I have been at my current company for about 5 years. Nearly 6 months ago I got promoted to be team lead of the team I have been a part of since I started. In the time I have been with the company, ...
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The project manager sends out the stats about the work hours, bug fix rates every month, is it typical?

We are developing a product that requires 3 teams to work together: my team works on web-development, team B works on embedded system and team C bridges us together (to put in a simple way). There is ...
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Decision avoidance: how to counteract?

What are some good ways to deal with the management putting off taking decision since it's not perfect? There's an implementation decision to be done. I've prepared all possible information to enable ...
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How can I find out whether a job can accommodate my poor communication skills during the briefing process in an interview?

I work as a graphic designer. Most of my career has been freelance but I've worked full-time for design agencies also. I am currently looking for a new full time role, but there is one thing I'm ...
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Should I let my PMP certification expire? I want to prioritize entrepreneurship

My PMP certification is due to expire within the next three months. I'm currently trying to prioritize a side business that will take considerable time and effort to build up. If I go through a ...
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How do big development teams learn from their mistakes?

I am part of a software development team and I am looking for a way/process that we can collect information on any technical problems that recently happened and document them in a way that would make ...
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Alienated by team manager

I currently am going through bad situation. Our manager was laid off and replaced by other manager which is way younger than previous one somewhere around mid 20s. Problem is that I often get ...
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Is Project/Product Management a good choice when switching career from business (14+ years in Marketing & Sales) to IT? [closed]

I have a bachelor degree in Linguistics, however for the last 14+ years I've been building my career in Marketing & Sales (worked for 1 IT company and 4 non-IT companies). IT technologies are so ...
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How do I resolve Product Owner and Team Lead giving contradictory requirements?

Let's say a Product Owner who approves all work before it goes to production, writes the requirements as X. The Team Lead (senior developer) who approves all code changes says do Y, which is ...
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Excluded from extra work activities

Currently I am working in a small team of six developers. Colleagues are often having short talks and flashbacks related to extra work activity (work related decisions they made while not at work), ...
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What to do when my project status update is politicize?

I think I just landed myself in a soup. I work for a company COM which has multiple engagements with a client. We have two projects running PRJ1 and PRJ2. I am part of PRJ2. My managers at PRJ2 (...
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Scrum is causing me stress

We very recently switch to scrum, from something more like a waterfall process. For what it's worth I don't have very strong feelings about any particular development process, but if it becomes clear ...

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